Malawi Bureau of Standards lifts ban on the use of tartrazine as a food additive

MALAWI – Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has lifted the ban on the use of food additive tartrazine that was being used in production of beverages such as squashes, cordials and other flavoured drinks. The […]

Liberia Agricultural Commodity Regulatory Authority revises cocoa regulations

LIBERIA – The Liberia Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (LACRA) has revised the cocoa regulations governing the sector to suit local exporters. This follows the Senate issuing a directive to the regulatory body to revise the […]

FDA launches updated Food Defense Plan Builder to control food adulteration

USA – The US Food and Drug Administration has launched an updated version of the Food Defense Plan Builder (FDPB) to help companies meet the requirements of the Intentional Adulteration (IA) rule. The rule, entitled […]

FDA plans stakeholder engagement to discuss the ‘New Era of Smarter Food Safety’

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will hold a public meeting that seeks to engage stakeholders in the formulation of a modern food approach called ‘A New Era […]

Kenya’s standards body appoints Bernard Njiraini as managing director

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the government agency responsible for governing and maintaining the standards and metreology has appointed Bernard Njiraini as its Managing Director for a three-year term. Bernard Njiraini was […]

Stakeholders fault presidential directive on forex ban for food imports

NIGERIA – Following the recent directive by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari ordering the Central Bank of Nigeria to stop providing forex for food importation in the country, several stakeholders have called on the Government to […]

Nigeria’s President directs central bank to halt forex provision for food imports

NIGERIA – President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stop providing foreign exchange for food importation in a move that seeks to improve agricultural production and enable Nigeria attain food […]

FDA approves soy leghemoglobin as color additive in beef analog products

USA – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved soy leghemoglobin as a color additive in uncooked ground beef analog products. This follows meat-alternative company Impossible Foods’ 2018 petition to have the ingredient […]

Nigerian agency signs MoU to strengthen regulations on utilisation of GM foods

NIGERIA – The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) in Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) on the regulation of animal biotechnology. Speaking during […]

Mozambique embarks on study to explore the potential of genetically modified maize

MOZAMBIQUE – The Mozambique Institute of Agricultural Research (IIAM) has carried out a study on the genetically modified (GM) maize as it seeks to explore the potential of the biotechnology in enhancing food security. According […]